Posted: Apr 27, 2021

Front-End Developer

Open Ocean Robotics - Victoria, BC
Application Deadline: N/A
Unmanned Maritime Systems

Company Description

Open Ocean Robotics collects ocean data using our proprietary wind and solar powered uncrewed autonomous boats equipped with sensors, cameras and real-time communications. We offer a safer, more effective and affordable way of gaining ocean insights, transforming how we study, protect and utilize our oceans, and helping build an ocean IoT.

Position Description

We are seeking a Front-End Developer to be part of our team, to start immediately. Ideally, you have a passion for creating quality software with a love of the ocean and robotics.

As a Front-End Developer you are passionate about user interface and how it relates to the user’s experience with a product. You deliver simple, clean code that is tested and testable. You carefully evaluate and communicate the merits and costs of design choices, not only on how it impacts the user but also how it impacts implementation and architecture. You are always looking for better ways to design and develop user interfaces.

As a member of the software development team, you will be designing, prototyping, and delivering scalable solutions in an agile environment. You will be responsible for contributing to individual products, the core software platform, and for meeting the commitments that your team agrees on.

Any experience with unmanned systems such as UAV, USV or other autonomous vehicles would be considered a bonus for your application.


In this role you will:

  • Work on an amazing user experience to help our customers plan missions, pilot missions and analyze data in near real-time, as well as offline experience.
  • Work as part of a team to deliver quality software from inception to production in an agile environment; writing high-quality code that satisfies our customer’s needs, striving for simplicity, clarity and testability
  • Follow code quality, unit testing, and documentation standards
  • Participate in and solicit code reviews, accepting and offering timely and constructive criticism that helps us prevent defects
  • Proactively report and fix defects
  • Document solutions and processes
  • Participate in the Agile Scrum development process
  • Contribute to technical support for our customer support team.


As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • 6+ years of writing well structured and clean JavaScript code.
  • At least 2 of these will have been building complex, single-page applications in React.
  • Experience with mapping application libraries; ideally Leaflet.
  • Experience working with websockets, and handling real-time data.
  • Experience with JavaScript testing frameworks (such as Mocha or Jest).
  • Experience with front-end JavaScript tooling such as Webpack, LESS/SASS, etc.
  • Experience with other JS ecosystem staples (Node.js, Express, Swagger) is a plus.
  • Experience developing against RESTful based APIs.
  • Graduated from a recognized institution with a relevant degree.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills, technical aptitude, attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Git and related branching workflows.
  • Familiarity with UI prototyping tools such as Figma or InVision.
  • Experience with software development lifecycle, TDD, and Agile development practices.
  • Comfortable working in both Linux and Windows environments.
  • Positive attitude, reliable, and self-motivated team player.
  • Exposure to other development disciplines (back-end or mobile development) is a plus.
  • Bonus: Familiarity with authentication and authorization infrastructure; e.g. KeyCloak, Auth0.
  • Bonus: Background and understanding of uncrewed systems such as UAV, USV or other autonomous vehicles.



This is a full-time position based in Victoria, BC.  Compensation is dependent on experience level. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to apply.

Application process:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Front-End Developer” in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest and time, and only applicants invited to interview will be contacted.